Well, That Was Unexpected Book Review

Jesse Q. Sutanto's Well, That Was Unexpected is a YA rom-com that hits the mark perfectly. Sharlot's life is turned upside down when her mother finds her in a compromising situation, and subsequently takes her to her mother's birthplace of Indonesia for the summer. Sharlot thinks this is the worst punishment ever... until she discovers [...]

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake Book Review

Lizzie Blake is a bit of a mess. Her bedroom is a disaster, she's barely hanging on to her job at a fancy bakery, and she is definitely NOT looking to add a love interest to the mayhem that is her life. Lizzie breaks her cardinal rule of only having one night stands upon meeting [...]

Honest June: The Show Must Go On Book Review

I absolutely adored book one in the Honest June series, and I was beyond excited to get an advanced copy of the second book. June is still grappling with Victoria's curse/gift of always telling the truth. This time, she's hiding her desire to star in the school's production of The Wiz from her dad, who [...]

Other Birds Book Review

"Stories aren't fiction. Stories are fabric. They're the white sheets we drape over our ghosts so we can see them." Thus begins Sarah Addison Allen's latest release, the one waited for patiently by legions of loyal fans. From the first sentence on, every reader can rest assured-- it was absolutely worth the wait. I’ve never [...]

This Place of Wonder Book Review

In her latest novel This Place of Wonder, Barbara O'Neal acutely captures the nature of grief, the aching of belonging, and the powerful effect hope and time can have on both. Famed chef Augustus Beauvais dies unexpectedly, leaving behind two daughters, an ex-wife, a girlfriend, and a sagging empire. The women who mourn him are [...]

The Light Always Breaks Book Review

Angela Jackson-Brown's The Light Always Breaks is set in 1940s Washington, D.C. yet (unfortunately, angrily) much of the discourse is still relevant today. Eva Cardon is a successful restaurant owner. This would be impressive on its own, but she's also only 24, Black, and it's 1948. She's using her exceptional business prowess to help feed [...]

Manatee Summer Book Review

Evan Griffith's Manatee Summer is sure to cement itself as a beloved childhood favorite in the hearts of young readers. It'll be a book they look back on fondly, the one that kindled their love of manatees, that captured the essence of the first taste of real responsibility while shining a light on that tender [...]

An Island Wedding Book Review

To say I'm a fan of Jenny Colgan's Mure series would be an understatement. Have I lost endless time on Google, trying to find the island that inspired Mure? Maybe. Have I mentally cast an entire limited series in my mind? Perhaps. Have I imagined moving to this fictional island and befriending its fictional inhabitants? [...]

Nora Goes Off Script

Annabel Monaghan's Nora Goes Off Script is utterly delightful from start to finish. Screenwriter Nora usually writes TV romance movies that bring in a reliable check and follow a reliable formula. But the collapse of her marriage led her to write something completely different and new, and now her words are headed to the big [...]

Bravely Book Review

Maggie Stiefvater whisks readers away to long ago Scotland in Bravely, a novel continuation of the Pixar movie Brave. As a longtime fan of Brave, I was both ecstatic and apprehensive about a novel continuation. The same conundrums that put fear in the hearts of readers as their favorite books are adapted into films persists [...]